Change of Habit (1969) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
5.3/ 10 (1093 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
National Broadcasting Company (NBC) [us]
Universal Pictures [us]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 10 November 1969
(USA) - 21 January 1970
(Norway) - 12 August 1978
(Turkey) - 7 September 1980
(West Germany) - 1 February 1985

Running Time

When the King of Rock Meets the Queen of Comedy, Romance Rules. [DVD tagline] Could he change her life, could she forget her vows and follow her heart...

acting-musician, attempted-rape, bad-guy, bishop, black-belt, boyfriend-girlfriend-relationship, brawl, catholic, catholic-priest, church, convent, cult-film, damsel-in-distress, doctor, ex-nun, falling-in-love, fight, fighting, fist-fight, guitar, hand-to-hand-combat, hero, karate, karate-chop, kiss,

Technical Support
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Aniov, Mario as (uncredited) [1st Young Man]
  2. Asner, Edward as [Lt. Moretti] <6>
  3. Ballard, Ray as (uncredited) [Ice Cream Clerk]
  4. Beach, Jim (II) as (uncredited) [Father Witkowski]
  5. Carey, Timothy as (uncredited) [Ajax Market Manager]
  6. Carlson, Richard (I) as [Bishop Finley] <11>
  7. Conte, Steve (I) as (uncredited) [Man in Scene 166]
  8. Corsentino, Frank as (uncredited) [2nd Man]
  9. Cumbuka, Ji-Tu as [Hawk] <17>
  10. Daheim, John as (uncredited) [1st Underling]
  11. De Anda, Robert as (uncredited) [Teammate]
  12. De Costa, Tony as (uncredited) [Chino]
  13. Elliott, William (II) as (as Bill Elliott) [Robbie] <18>
  14. Emhardt, Robert as [The Banker] <7>
  15. Factor, Paul as (uncredited) [3rd Man]
  16. Hern, Pepe as (uncredited) [Man in Scene 93]
  17. Hoyos Jr., Rodolfo as (as Rodolfo Hoyos) [Mr. Hernandez] <19>
  18. Martinez, A as (uncredited) [2nd Young Man]
  19. Melton, Troy as (uncredited) [2nd Underling]
  20. Millet, Nefti as [Julio Hernandez] <12>
  21. Montana, Lenny as (uncredited) [Grocer]
  22. Presley, Elvis as [Dr. John Carpenter] <1>
  23. Renard, David as [Colom] <16>
  24. Rodriguez, Ruben (I) as (uncredited) [Church Drummer]
  25. Schneider, Stanley (I) as (uncredited) [Traffic Cop]
  26. Swoger, Harry as (uncredited) [Fat Man]
  27. Tinne, Alex as (uncredited) [Tony]
  28. Toomey, Regis as [Father Gibbons] <8>
  29. Val, Alex as (uncredited) [Tomas]
  30. Vargas, Roberto (I) as (uncredited) [Cuban Mainliner]
  31. Wayland, Len as (uncredited) [Police Sergeant]
  32. Conde, Rita as (uncredited) [Woman in Market]
  33. Dana, Leora as [Mother Joseph] <5>
  34. Elliot, Jane (I) as [Sister Barbara] <4>
  35. Figueroa, Laura as [Desiree] <13>
  36. Garay, Linda as (uncredited) [Expectant Mother]
  37. Garcia, Stella (I) as (uncredited) [Maria]
  38. Kirk, Lorena as [Amanda] <14>
  39. Love, Darlene as (uncredited) [Backup Singer]
  40. McDevitt, Ruth as [Lily] <10>
  41. McNair, Barbara as [Sister Irene] <3>
  42. Merande, Doro as [Rose] <9>
  43. Miles, Lilith as (uncredited) [1st Stiletto Deb]
  44. Moore, Mary Tyler as [Sister Michelle] <2>
  45. Rey, Araceli as (uncredited) [Senora Gavilan]
  46. Vincent, Virginia as [Miss Parker] <15>
  47. Wyles, Caitlin as (uncredited) [2nd Stiletto Deb]


  1. Crime
  2. Drama
  3. Music

Full Plot

Only a few songs as Elvis plays it straight as Dr John Carpenter. Mary Tyler Moore stars opposite as an incognito nun with a mission to help Dr Elvis clean up the ghetto he lives in. Can the King compete against God for Mary's heart? He can if anyone can. Paul Batey Michelle Gallagher, Irene Hawkins and Barbara Bennett are three nuns on the verge of taking their final vows and just before they do, they are sent into a particularly rough neighborhood to see if they are ready to take that step. However, they must do so by pretending to be lay missionaries sent to work at an inner city clinic for a young doctor by the name of John Carpenter. The three nuns go about their duties without a hitch until Michelle begins to fall for John. Now Michelle must choose between her love for the young doctor or her life as a nun. Brian Washington Plot not found

Total Business

CP: Universal City Studios, Inc. & NBC Productions, Inc. PD: 4 March 1969 - 2 May 1969

Movie Certificate

M (Australia)
PG (Singapore)

Music Composers

  1. Goldenberg, Billy (as William Goldenberg)


  1. Metty, Russell (director of photography)

Dress Designers

  1. Colvig, Helen


Koch Media [de] - (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
National Broadcasting Company (NBC) [us] - (1972) (USA) (TV) (original airing)
Universal Home Entertainment [us] - (USA) (DVD)
Universal Pictures [us] - (1969) (USA) (theatrical)

Film Editors

  1. Stewart, Douglas (I)


  1. Loomis, Diana N. (script supervisor)
  2. Woodworth, Walter (production coordinator)
  3. Zaslow, Robert W. (supervisor: rage reduction scene) (as Dr. Robert W. Zaslow)


Sister Irene: I think our neighbours are Catholic. Sister Michelle: Yes, it's too bad they're not Christian. Sister Michelle: [after she reveals herself to be a nun, Dr. Carpenter is shocked] Say something. Dr. John Carpenter: I'll be damned.

Other Titles

  1. Asphalt Melodie (1969) (ENG)
    (West Germany) (promotional title)

  2. Ein himmlischer Schwindel (1985) (ENG)
    (West Germany) (imdb display title)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Mayfield Senior School - 500 Bellefontaine Street, Pasadena, California, USA


- 'Elvis Presley' (qv)'s last feature film.

- Last cinema film of 'Richard Carlson (I)' (qv).

- Only feature film starring 'Elvis Presley' (qv) which wasn't released theatrically in Finland.

- Spent four weeks on the Variety Box Office Survey, peaking at #17.

- This movie was a part of contract made between 'Elvis Presley' (qv) and NBC in 1968 which included the "Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special" (1968) (TV) and this movie.

- Director 'William A. Graham' (qv) told in a interview years after making of this film that 'Elvis Presley' (qv) was the nicest man he have ever met.

- Rumours tells that 'Elvis Presley' (qv) and 'Jane Elliot (I)' (qv) had a little romance during filming.

- Only film where 'Elvis Presley' (qv) is in the church.

- SPOILER: Director 'William A. Graham' (qv) told in an interview in early 2000 that he thought that Sister Michelle Gallagher would choose Dr. John Carpenter instead of being nun at the end of the film.

- One of the songs in this film, "Rubberneckin'," wasn't originally recorded for this film, but was recorded at Elvis's classic Memphis recording sessions in 1969 and is the B side to his million seller, "Don't Cry Daddy".

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